Friday, September 30, 2011

Lisette Model and Expressionism

Otto Dix

The Bruce Silverstein Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, has a marvelous series of online spaces where you can listen to Pierrot Lunaire and look at the work of Lisette Model, a student of Schoenberg. HT Prudence Whittlesey.

Lisette Model

Graham Harman on Pierrot Lunaire

Graham weighs in from his blog:

2012 will mark the centennial of Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire,” an atonal song cycle using German translations of Albert Giraud’s grisly French expressionist poems about the old commedia dell’arte clown, Pierrot. (By “French” I mean the language. Giraud was a Belgian, from Leuven.)
The occasion cannot go unmarked, and since Tim Morton and I share a passion for this piece of music (as well as for Henri Rousseau’s “Carnival Evening [Philadelphia], a painting often associated with the music) we wanted to do something to commemorate it.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Roll Up, Roll Up

For many reasons Graham Harman and I love Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, which premiered in Berlin in 1912.

To celebrate the centenary of  Pierrot Lunaire in 2012, Graham and I have started this, the Pierrot Lunaire Centenary Carnival Tent. It's a bit spooky and empty right now. Henri Rousseau's Carnival Evening hangs mysteriously in the background. What is this carnival tent doing, in the middle of nowhere, just outside Blogopolis? All shall be revealed...